TV best bets with Republican convention, Ryan Phillippe, series finale of ‘Hell on Wheels’

SHOOTER -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Dean Buscher/USA Network)

SHOOTER — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) — (Photo by: Dean Buscher/USA Network)

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, July 17, 2016

AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” ends its five-season run on Saturday night with more violence and death forthcoming.

USA on Tuesday brings film star Ryan Phillippe to TV as an ex-Marine sniper hero tapped by his former commanding officer (Omar Epps) to stop a sniper from assassinating the president. (UPDATE: Due to the recent spate of police shootings, USA has delayed the debut of this drama.)

Three shows based out of Atlanta return: VH1’s ‘T.I. & Tiny” on Monday, Lifetime’s second season of “The Rap Game” on Friday and Starz’ “Survivor’s Remorse” (with Mike Epps departing) on Sunday.

And the Republicans have begun their national convention in Cleveland.

MONDAY

“American Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Atlanta finals.

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — JoJo goes on hometown dates with the four remaining bachelors.

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 — KK extends an olive branch to Tiarra.

“12 Monkeys” 9 p.m. Syfy (second season finale) — Cole and Railly try to find peace living in the past.

“Braindead” 9 p.m. CBS — Laurel seeks her brother’s help in getting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention involved in the case.

“Angie Tribeca” 9 p.m. TBS — The puzzling death of a boy-band member is investigated. Meanwhile, Tribeca finally meets with Sgt. Pepper.

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT— A bicyclist’s bizarre death is investigated.

“Devious Maids” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Rosie discovers one of Peri’s deepest secrets.

“T.I. & Tiny” 9 p.m. VH1 (sixth season debut) — Domani enlists the help of Tiny and his siblings to showcase his talents as an entertainer.

“Republican convention” 10 p.m. ABC, NBC, CBS, cable news networks — Except plenty of drama in Cleveland inside and outside.

“Unreal” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Quinn interferes with Rachel and Coleman’s new relationship.

“Major Crimes” 10 p.m. TNT — Body parts are found burned in a barbecue pit at a Los Angeles park.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The Judge Cuts continue with guest judge George Lopez.

Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m. Discovery — Zack is forced into action after facing down a rogue wave.

Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT — Craig and Deran throw a party as Smurf handles unfinished business

Containment” 9 p.m. the CW (series finale) — Dr. Cannerts and Jake make a breakthrough.

The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Jim confides in David and seeks help with a personal tragedy.

Zoo” 9 p.m. CBS — Jamie and Logan arrive in Caraquet but are horrified when they discover it is not the refuge they believed it would be.

Feed the Beast” 10 p.m. AMC — Now knowing the truth about Dion’s betrayal, Tommy starts to unravel.

“Republican convention” 10 p.m. ABC, CBS, NBC, cable news networks — Night two out of Cleveland.

“Wrecked” 10 p.m. TBS — The island’s first trial is held after a survivor is injured.

“Shooter” 10 p.m. USA (new series) — Ryan Phillipe plays an ex-Marine sniper hero.
WEDNESDAY

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — Chef Edward Lee is a guest judge who unveils the third mystery-box challenge.

Duck Dynasty” 9 p.m. A&E — Jase and Jep argue over their grandfather’s rifle and settle their dispute with a marksmanship contest.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — PSL faces a class action lawsuit from former clients; and Mike has problems with a fellow prisoner.

“Wayward Pines” 9 p.m. Fox — With the Abbies closing in, Jason makes a fatal judgment call.

“American Gothic” 10 p.m. CBS — Cam suffers hallucinations that impact his role in a crime and Madeline receives a cryptic message

“Greenleaf” 10 p.m. OWN — Mac deals with paranoia about Grace’s effort to bring him to justice

“Little Women Atlanta” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Christy feels left out following a tense spa retreat; the ladies attend a drag-queen convention.

“Mr. Robot” 10 p.m. USA — Elliot vows to beat Mr. Robot.

“Tyrant” 10 p.m. FX — Barry and Molly try to prevent a personal tragedy; Fauzi and Daliyah grow closer; and Ahmed uncovers a dark secret from Nusrat’s past.

“2016 Republican convention” 10 p.m. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, news cable networks — Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz are scheduled to speak.

THURSDAY

“Battlebots” 8 p.m. ABC — The NFL’s Vernon Davis returns as the guest judge as 32 teams advance out of the qualifying round.

“Bones 8 p.m. Fox The search for the Puppeteer, a serial killer who turns his victims into marionettes.

“Spartan 8 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — In the season finale, the six best teams return to tackle the toughest course to date.

“Alone 9 p.m. History (reunion) — The contestants meet up.

“Home Free 9 p.m. Fox — The final four contestants face a quandary: work together to complete their orders or go it alone.

“Greatest Hits 9 p.m. ABC — The 1990-95 period featuring Boyz II Men (“Motownphilly”), En Vogue (“Free Your Mind”), Montell Jordan (“This Is How We Do It”) and Seal (“Kiss From a Rose”).

“2016 Republican convention 10 p.m. CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, cable news networks  — Donald Trump speaks.

“Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll 10 p.m. FX — Flash gets mixed signals from Gigi; Ava plans her solo debut; and Bam and Rehab meet with Campbell Scott.

FRIDAY

“Live From Comic-Con” 8 p.m. Syfy — Night 2 of coverage of San Diego Comic-Con includes breaking news, insider party access, celebrity interviews and sneak peeks at films and TV series.

“Killjoys” 9 p.m Syfy  A seemingly simple escort mission takes a frightening turn when the Killjoys discover students have mysteriously disappeared from a school for gifted Westerly children.

“Love Thy Neighbor” 9 p.m. OWN  Sam faces a difficult predicament due to his bold decision.

“What Would You Do?9:01 p.m. ABC — John Quinones spent time this spring in metro Atlanta to shoot various “social experiments.”

“The Rap Game 10 p.m. Lifetime (second season debut) — Atlanta’s Jermaine Dupree searching for another young hip-hop star.

“Outcast” 10 p.m. Cinemax — Kyle and Allison reconnect to their past; and Rev. Anderson overdoes it during Remembrance Day.

WEEKEND

“Indiscretion” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A married psychiatrist’s brief affair with a troubled young sculptor takes a dangerous turn when she attempts to end the fling.

“Angel From Hell 8:30 p.m. Saturday Fox (series finale) — Amy gets hit by a bus and tries to break up Allison’s friend’s wedding in order to put Allison’s future on track.

“Hell on Wheels 9 p.m. Saturday AMC (series finale) — The golden spike, government hearings and unpredictable actions mean new beginnings and endings for the survivors.

Celebrity Family Feud 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — The Band Perry vs. Giuliana Rancic.

The Rise and Fall of El Chapo 8 p.m. Sunday History — A study of the life and career of Mexican drug-cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

“Celebrity $100,000 Pyramid 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Randall Park vs. Anna Camp.

“Food Network Star 9 p.m. Sunday Food — Two metro Atlantans Tregaye Fraser and Jernard Wells are in the final three but a fourth will come back from a separate “salvation” competition. 

“The Last Ship 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — The Nathan James must dodge an overwhelming threat.

“The Night Of 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Naz waits to be arraigned at Rikers Island, where a particular inmate is crucial to his fate.

“Geeking Out 10:05  p.m. Sunday AMC — Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg discuss pop culture through a fanboy perspective.

“Ray Donovan 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime— With the Russian mob threatening his family, Ray goes on a road trip with Mickey to Primm in hopes of recovering money stolen from a local casino owner.

“Murder in the First 10 p.m. Sunday TNT — Terry’s conspiracy theory gains traction when the prime suspect in the Normandy Parker case is murdered.

“Survivor’s Remorse 10 p.m. Sunday Starz (third season debut) — Mike Epps left “Survivor’s Remorse” for ABC’s “Uncle Buck,” which was quickly cancelled. Unfortunately, the show killed off his character Uncle Julius.

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